The Midtown lawyer who was caught on video hurling racist comments at Spanish-speaking restaurant workers refused to comment outside his home Thursday while shielding himself from reporters.
Aaron Schlossberg, 42, ducked all questions regarding his Tuesday afternoon tirade at the Fresh Kitchen food joint on Madison Avenue near East 39th Street.
Schlossberg, carrying a briefcase and wearing a black ski cap and a suit and tie, used his open umbrella to hide his face and appeared to shoot cellphone video of the gathered media outside his West 60th Street building.
“Please send help,” Schlossberg was then heard saying into his cellphone. “They’re claiming things that aren’t true … grabbing me, not letting me walk.”
“They won’t let me move. They’re surrounding me,” Schlossberg said on the call before hopping into a yellow cab on West 60th Street near Tenth Avenue.
Schlossberg was captured in a now-viral video threatening to call federal immigration officers to have workers at Fresh Kitchen “kicked out of my country” for speaking Spanish.
“Every person I listen to – he spoke [Spanish], he spoke it, she’s speaking it – it’s America!” an angry Schlossberg was heard saying in the nearly minute-long clip.
Edward Suazo says his wife, who recorded the video, and her friend were targeted by Schlossberg.
The two women were ordering lunch and speaking Spanish with a worker helping them when Schlossberg unleashed his hate speech.
“My guess is they’re not documented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country,” he said.
“If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money – I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here – the least they can do is speak English,” Schlossberg seethed. “If you intend on running a place in Midtown Manhattan, the staff should be speaking English, not Spanish!”